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Throw Back Thursday Crochet… The love of doilies!!

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Last week I showed you a beautiful afghan my Grandmother Beatrice Ryan Ramshaw had made for her sister-in-law…  I loved pulling it out and wrapping up in it… Great memories of my Great Aunt and my Grandmother!!

This week I pulled out a small part of my Doily Collection…  She was known for her thread work and I remember many times watching her work on a doily or tablecloth!  When I was growing up, I would get to spend the night with my cousin at our Grandmothers house… She watched Big Time Wrestling and Crocheted…  Our treat was 7 up and Mothers Chocolate Chip Cookies…  We played dress up with her fur coats and beautiful dresses and we even were allowed to try on her gorgeous costume jewelry!  Great memories!!  So here are just a few of those doilies I inherited…

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I use these doilies all around the house… I may have up to 50 of her doilies in my collection!!!  I do love working with thread… Just a month ago I found a beautiful ball of Peacock colored thread and whipped up my own doily…  I thought of her so much while I was working on it!!!

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Love this color!!! I would love to make a table runner out of this thread… Wouldn’t that be beautiful??

 

What about you??  Have you worked with thread…and if you have what have you made… Any tablecloths,,, table runners or doilies?

 

Happy Crocheting….

Elena

Final Crochet Project of the Year and Pattern Review….

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What a year…2013 is almost over!  I have loved every minute of sharing my crochet folly with all of you!!!  I worked right up to the deadline and finished my final (or almost final) project last night… I may be able to slip a hat or two in on New Years Eve,,, I would love to crochet into the new year!!!  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed crocheting with thread. On day while shopping for yarn I spotted a new color of the most fabulous size 10 thread… PEACOCK!!!  I had to have it, even though I didn’t have a project in mind… I scooped it up!  Once I arrived home I scanned the internet for a doily pattern and found one I loved…

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In only a few short hours I whipped up this wonderful doily named Summer Splendor by Denise’s Crochet Paradise!  The pattern was easy to follow and worked up quite well… Each round was a nice repetitive pattern, which I loved!  I was able to read the pattern row and complete each round while watching t.v or chatting online with my good friend Kathy Lashley from ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs… And speaking of Kathy and our chatting… I will have a great story to share with you on New Years Day that will have you rolling with laughter!!!  We can bring in the New year on a joyous note!!!    If you would like to try this pattern out Click Here for the Free Pattern.

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The doily was made using Aunt Lydias size 10 classic thread in peacock and measures 13 inches across.  A perfect doily for my coffee table…Let’s see if I keep this or give it up!

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One of my favorite memories of my Grandmother Beatrice Ryan Ramshaw was her thread-work… She was a master at doilies, tablecloth’s and much more!  I was blessed to inherit her collection, at least the ones she kept for herself.  I am pretty sure she was like the rest of us crochet-a-holics… she gave most of her work away as gifts…  I have dozens of her doilies and I use them all around my house!!  I look at them and think of all the hard work that went into them,,, Many of them were worked with the finest thread,,, Thousands of stitches!!  I am so happy she taught me to crochet!!!   What about you??  Who was your crochet mentor??

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Tune in tomorrow for a year-end photo celebration featuring many of my projects that were done in 2013!!!  Let’s bring in the New Year together!!!  Crochet Hooks in hand and new projects began… And don’t forget,,, Our Viewer’s Choice Crochet-A-Long will be starting in the next couple weeks… The materials list will be posted in the next few days… Yippeeeeee!!!

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Happy Crocheting,,, Elena

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River-Rock… Flower Power… Paperweight….

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I had the spring bug to crochet something colorful… It has been blowing snow here the last couple days and although it is spring,,, It sure hasn’t felt like it!  So,,, An African Flower something was my thought… A Potholder, Pincushion,, or …. A Paperweight!   Yes,  a paperweight will be great… I have a collection of Mt. Shasta River Rocks I collected up above the lake last summer to crochet doily style paperweights… So with hook in hand once again, the experiment began!

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River-Rock, Flower-Power Paperweight…

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I think they turned out so cute!  I will have to make more and at least one for my desk at work where the papers get blown every time they guys crack a window… Of course,,, this one is for Alpine Originals and will be up for sale later today!

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Here is just a peek of the blowing snow yesterday… it didn’t stick,,, but it was wet and windy… No fun to be outside…

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A Snowy Spring Day from my window at work…

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So here is to Snowy Spring Days, African Flower, River-Rocks and Paperweights…

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And a little fun news… I received the most clicks on Busting Stitches Link Party last week for my Hobo Granny Bag.

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Elena

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